Annual Day of Caring kicks off Friday

Published on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:32
Written by Lorenzo Burgio

Staff Writer

BRISTOL - United Way of West Central Connecticut is holding its 26th Annual Day of Caring this Friday to help local nonprofits complete projects and promote the idea of community service.

President and CPO Donna Osuch explained the event provides a way for hundreds of volunteers to help nonprofit organization in their communities with any work they may currently need.

Nonprofits in the organization’s service area of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth and Terryville were asked what project they needed help with so United Way could find volunteers to complete each project.

Twenty-six nonprofit organizations from these cities and towns submitted 54 different projects at 31 different locations. The majority will be completed in the morning with some in the afternoon, explained Osuch.

“We then match volunteers for a project,” said Osuch. “So if a project was expected to take 20 people to complete, we would find and assign a group of 20 volunteers from one of the towns to that project.”

Once assigned a project, volunteers work closely with the organizations to complete the tasks and receive first-hand knowledge on the services these nonprofits perform for their communities, explained Osuch.

Volunteers from the City of Bristol include members of the youth board, high school students, Bristol Hospital employees, local business employees and members of the public, Osuch explained.

She added that there will be 560 volunteers in total working on projects Friday, 180 of which are high school students.

There are multiple locations where projects will be occurring in Bristol, but a few points of interest will be the New England Carousel Museum, Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, Bristol Historical Society, Bristol Adult Resource Center and the Bristol Hospital’s development foundation.

The Day of Caring event began in 1992 to help employees at local corporations interact with human service agencies and has continued to grow since and bring hundreds of people together to make a difference.

For more information, contact Donna Osuch at 860-582-9559, ext. 401 or Kim Carmelich at 860-582-9559, ext. 407 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General News, Plainville, Plymouth, Terryville on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:32. Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:34.